Rain played havoc with round six of Great Southern Cricket last Saturday with only one match being unaffected by the weather. The game between Port Elliot and Encounter Bay had already been scheduled as a one day match this Saturday and the match between Mount Compass and Goolwa will now follow suit after no play was possible on day one.
The match between Yankalilla and Willunga managed to get a start, but they could only manage 25 overs for the day before being called off. The Tigers were in a bit of trouble finishing at 4/33 as Sumner was the only batsman to make a start before being dismissed for 25, while Sean McIvor (2/7) did the early damage with the ball for the Demons.
The only game to see a full day’s play was the match up between McLaren Districts and Noarlunga with things evenly poised heading in to day two. The Crushers were sent in to bat, but found themselves in trouble at 5/57, despite most of their top order getting a start, but some resistance from the lower order in Britt (25), Nairn (19) and the ever reliable Wilson (30) saw them bowled out for 154.
With Noarlunga having to face five overs, Britt struck twice for McLaren, including the prize wicket of McCard, as the Shoes battled their way to 2/25 at stumps. This should be a very interesting run chase for Noarlunga this Saturday.
Noarlunga v McLaren Districts
Noarlunga won the toss and sent McLaren Districts into bat. Lee was out first, dismissed by D Scarff for 13 and the score at 16.
A good 32 run partnership between Worrall and Natale steadied the ship, but then at 48, the wheels fell off the McLaren innings. They lost three quick wickets to be 4/48.
However the tail wagged for McLaren Districts with Hodges 17, Britt 25, Nairn 19 and Wilson 30, pushing the score to 154 after 64 overs.
Wickets were shared by the Noarlunga bowlers, but J Scarff had the best numbers taking 3/33 and Hodgeman took 2/39.
In reply and having to face five nervous overs, Noarlunga lost two wickets, including the big scalp of McCard, bowled by Britt for 2. Britt also claimed Bullard for an aggressive 21. At stumps Noarlunga were 2/25 and need 130 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand.
Yankalilla v Willunga
Willunga won the toss and sent Yankalilla into bat and this move paid immediate dividends. Opening batsmen Barnes and Whittlesea were both removed by McIvor for ducks and the Tigers were in trouble at 2/12.
Then it was Goldner’s turn to get in the action, claiming Bartlett for 2. At 3/19, Yankalilla needed a partnership and Sumner and Jones buckled down. It was tough batting.
The pair took the score to 33, as the inclement weather fast approached and just as the day was to be called off, Sumner was dismissed, bowled by Hockham for 25.
At the end of the rain affected day one, Yankalilla were 4/33.
McIvor bowled unchanged for 13 overs and took 2/7, which included nine maidens.